Dr Manuel Penades is a Senior Lecturer in International Arbitration at King’s College London. Qualified as Solicitor for England and Wales, and Abogado in Spain, he is an expert in international arbitration, with regular experience across jurisdictions as arbitrator, counsel and expert witness. Before joining King’s College London, Manuel worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), where he also obtained his LLM, and practised in a major arbitration firm in London. His research on arbitration has been cited by commercial courts, and he recently led the Workforce at the IBA Toolkit on the impact of Insolvency on Arbitration. View Manuel's profile
A guest practitioner features every week, allowing participants direct access to world leaders in the field, through teaching and through the allocated networking time.
Week 1: Christian Leathley, Head of US and Latin American Arbitration practices, Herbert Smith Freehills
Christian Leathley is the Head of the Latin America Group, as well as the US Head of International Arbitration, at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, New York. He specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration and has nearly 20 years' experience of working in all countries throughout Central and South America. He also sits as an arbitrator in English and Spanish language arbitrations. View profile
Week 2: Ana Serra e Moura, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Ana Serra is the current Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, which she joined in 2011. Before joining the ICC, she worked with leading arbitrator Juan Fernández-Armesto, at Armesto & Asociados in Madrid and CCA Advogados Ontier in Lisbon. View profile
Week 3: Audley Sheppard KC, Global co-Head of Arbitration, Clifford Chance
Audley Sheppard KC is partner and the global co-Head of Arbitration at Clifford Chance. He specialises in the resolution of major disputes arising out of infrastructure and energy projects, and international trade and investment. He is the chairman of the LCIA Board since 2017 and also sits as an arbitrator. View profile
Week 4: Jonathan Lim, Partner, Wilmer Hale
Jonathan Lim is partner at Wilmer Hale, London, where he specialises in complex international disputes. Triple-qualified (England, Singapore and New York), he has a broad practice representing private sector and government clients in all types of commercial and investment arbitrations seated in jurisdictions worldwide, both institutional and ad hoc. Mr Lim has also worked on WTO dispute settlement matters and advised international organisations and governments in Africa and Asia on public international law issues. View profile
Paul Tan, Head of Asian Arbitraton, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Paul Tan is partner and Head of Asian arbitration at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Singapore. Paul is a commercial litigation and international arbitration (both commercial and investor state) specialist. His practice focuses on managing disputes across South East Asia, with deep experience advising on complex issues of public and private international law. View profile
Vivek Neelakantan, Deputy Registrar, Singapore International Arbitration Centre
Vivek is Deputy Registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. He has over 15 years’ experience in international dispute resolution and arbitration. Prior to joining SIAC, Vivek spent time in private practice in India and was as partner at a leading law firm in Singapore, regularly acting as counsel on international arbitrations under various institutional rules. Vivek was involved in the establishment of SIAC’s first overseas office in Mumbai, India. View profile
Week 6: Guled Yusuf, Allen & Overy
Guled is a partner at Allen & Overy’s International Arbitration Group, a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the ICC Africa Commission. He was also appointed to the ICSID Panel of Conciliators by the Federal Republic of Somalia in 2021. Guled has extensive expertise in international commercial and investment arbitrations across the globe, as well as public international law. He has experience across a range of sectors and regions, but has particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors as well as disputes relating to the African continent. View profile
Attending a virtual course with The Dickson Poon School of Law
This course is delivered online and live in our virtual classroom and so participants must be available to attend all the sessions at the published times to participate. You will be supported to participate, interact and network with other professionals.
Please note that all times are local to London, UK (BST). Participants based outside of the UK must ensure they can join the virtual classroom at the published course times.
What equipment do I need?
To participate you simply need a stable internet connection and a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. You will be sent full joining instructions for your course prior to the first session and our programme team will be available to assist with questions.
Degree in Law (or another subject plus the conversion course) or Professional legal experience. English proficiency is a key requirement. The course is suitable for those who were taught in English up to degree level or use English as their working language